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China warns Trump ignoring one-China policy could hurt peace

  • A vendor stands at his news stand with a Chinese news magazine fronting a photo of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and a headline "Relations of Great Powers" are seen displayed for sale in Beijing, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016. U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's questioning of long-established U.S. policy toward Taiwan is sparking a growing backlash in Beijing and warnings about potentially dangerous disruption in relations between the world's two largest economies. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

    A vendor stands at his news stand with a Chinese news magazine fronting a photo of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and a headline "Relations of Great Powers" are seen displayed for sale in Beijing, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016. U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's questioning of long-established U.S. policy toward Taiwan is sparking a growing backlash in Beijing and warnings about potentially dangerous disruption in relations between the world's two largest economies. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)  (The Associated Press)

  • A copy of a Chinese news magazine fronting a photo of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and a headline "Relations of Great Powers" is displayed for sale at a news stand in Beijing, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016. U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's questioning of long-established U.S. policy toward Taiwan is sparking a growing backlash in Beijing and warnings about potentially dangerous disruption in relations between the world's two largest economies. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

    A copy of a Chinese news magazine fronting a photo of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and a headline "Relations of Great Powers" is displayed for sale at a news stand in Beijing, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016. U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's questioning of long-established U.S. policy toward Taiwan is sparking a growing backlash in Beijing and warnings about potentially dangerous disruption in relations between the world's two largest economies. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)  (The Associated Press)

  • Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman An Fengshan clears his throat before speaking at a routine press conference in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. China says any change in U.S. policy favoring formal recognition of Taiwan will "seriously" damage peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and undermine relations between Beijing and Washington. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

    Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman An Fengshan clears his throat before speaking at a routine press conference in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. China says any change in U.S. policy favoring formal recognition of Taiwan will "seriously" damage peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and undermine relations between Beijing and Washington. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)  (The Associated Press)

China says any change in U.S. policy favoring formal recognition of Taiwan will "seriously" damage peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and undermine relations between Beijing and Washington.

The comments from the spokesman for the Cabinet's Taiwan Affairs Office Wednesday follow President-elect Donald Trump's remarks over the weekend that he didn't feel "bound by a one-China policy" unless the U.S. could gain benefits from China in trade and other areas.

Under the one-China policy, the U.S. recognizes Beijing as China's government and maintains only unofficial relations with Taiwan, which broke from the Chinese mainland in 1949.

Spokesman An Fengshan said breaching the one-China principle "will seriously affect peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait."